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Charu Venkatesan, MD, PhD


  • Fetal and Neonatal Neurology Specialist, Division of Neurology
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I like to understand each child’s neurological condition and the unique challenges presented to the child and family, so I can help them navigate hurdles presented by the medical condition.

About

Biography

I have always been fascinated by the intricate and complex design of the brain that endows each individual with unique qualities, and how disruption of neural connections can lead to neurological deficits. I also have a long-standing interest in brain development.

As a pediatric neurologist, I specialize in fetal and neonatal neurology and see patients both in the hospital and in clinic. I like to understand each child’s neurological condition and the unique challenges presented to the child and family, so I can help them navigate hurdles presented by the medical condition.

I also see patients with common neurological conditions such as headaches, developmental delays and seizures. I have always enjoyed working with children and families, and I especially enjoy taking care of children from infancy until adulthood while getting to know their families.

In addition to my clinical practice, I am also the Neonatal Neurology Fellowship director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I enjoy teaching very much and have been awarded the M. Harold Fogelson Teaching Award in 2016 by the Division of Neurology.

My research evaluates the outcomes of infants with congenital brain malformations and perinatal brain injury. This research aims to provide better counseling for families and improve medical care for children with these conditions.

I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and children.

Additional Languages

Spanish, Tamil

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Publications

Value of pre- and postnatal magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of congenital central nervous system anomalies. Nagaraj, UD; Venkatesan, C; Bierbrauer, KS; Kline-Fath, BM. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:802-816.

Prenatal Evaluation of Intracranial Hemorrhage on Fetal MRI: A Retrospective Review. Epstein, KN; Kline-Fath, BM; Zhang, B; Venkatesan, C; Habli, M; Dowd, D; Nagaraj, UD. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2021; 42:2222-2228.

Short- and Long-Term Outcomes of Prenatally Diagnosed Dandy-Walker Malformation, Vermian Hypoplasia, and Blake Pouch Cyst. Venkatesan, C; Kline- Fath, B; Horn, PS; Poisson, KE; Hopkin, R; Nagaraj, UD. Journal of Child Neurology. 2021; 36:1111-1119.

Evaluation of Posterior Fossa Biometric Measurements on Fetal MRI in the Evaluation of Dandy-Walker Continuum. Nagaraj, UD; Kline-Fath, BM; Horn, PS; Venkatesan, C. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2021; 42:1716-1721.

Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Holoprosencephaly and Associations With Clinical Outcome: Implications for Fetal Counseling. Riddle, A; Nagaraj, U; Hopkin, RJ; Kline-Fath, B; Venkatesan, C. Journal of Child Neurology. 2021; 36:357-364.

Fetal and postnatal MRI findings of Blake pouch remnant causing obstructive hydrocephalus. Nagaraj, UD; Kline-Fath, BM; Calvo-Garcia, MA; Vadivelu, S; Venkatesan, C. Radiology Case Reports. 2020; 15:2535-2539.

Prenatal evaluation of the Sakoda complex. Nagaraj, UD; Moudgal, R; Hopkin, RJ; Venkatesan, C; Kline-Fath, BM. Pediatric Radiology. 2019; 49:1843-1847.

Fetal brain MRI findings and neonatal outcome of common diagnosis at a tertiary care center. Arroyo, MS; Hopkin, RJ; Nagaraj, UD; Kline-Fath, B; Venkatesan, C. Journal of Perinatology. 2019; 39:1072-1077.

Epileptic Encephalopathy In A Patient With A Novel Variant In The Kv7.2 S2 Transmembrane Segment: Clinical, Genetic, and Functional Features. Soldovieri, MV; Ambrosino, P; Mosca, I; Miceli, F; Franco, C; Canzoniero, LM T; Kline-Fath, B; Cooper, EC; Venkatesan, C; Taglialatela, M. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2019; 20.

Clinical, Neuroimaging, and Electrographic Predictors of Phenobarbital Failure in Newborns With Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Seizures. Dwivedi, D; Lin, N; Venkatesan, C; Kline-Fath, B; Holland, K; Schapiro, M. Journal of Child Neurology. 2019; 34:458-463.

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